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Old 07-11-2016, 04:50 PM   #421
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This is where the pessimist in me comes out.

It really looks like something staged for the photo op. She made her point.

But, the good news: She was using her right to protest peacefully, and the police were very cool with her. She was released later that night.
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That's good news . Glad to hear about one of these kinds of encounters ending well for a change.

And even if your assumption is true about it being a photo op, it shows a peaceful side to the protests that sadly gets drowned out by the violence, so I'd be okay with it being staged if it gets that message out there in the process.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:08 PM   #423
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If Chicago had gotten the 2016 Olympic Games over Rio I think you have seen a lot more resources pumped into public safety.


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Is it too late to change the venue ?

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Old 07-11-2016, 05:10 PM   #424
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People were asking about our experiences as POC, so here are mine.

I'm not a black man, but I have been pulled over because of the color of my skin and it was humiliating. I was in West Virginia for a wedding, and driving to Pittsburgh to catch my flight back to LA. The State Trooper who pulled us over, asked why we were there because we obviously weren't locals. He then questioned us as to why there was loose plastic, when I went to show him he became agitated. And yet I still have it better than African Americans in this country.

Back in California, my apartment was swatted. This is when someone calls in a fake 911 call. At 1am I was woken up to LAPD banging on my apartment door. I was half asleep when I opened it to find 2 swat officers pointing their assault rifles at me. It was terrifying. They then searched my apartment because they were told there were gunshots fired from my building. To this day, I wonder what would have happened if I weren't a small Latina.
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Yes, especially I live there and work on the South Side, which is often and wrongly presented as the epitome of lawlessness. I don't think Chicago is even in the top 15 US cities for violent crime per capita.


Yes, but Obama.
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The gut-wrenching history of black babies and alligators - The Undefeated

well this was an eye-opening read.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:14 PM   #427
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And also there no other protestors really near her. Yet there are 2 of these intensely armoured policemen arresting her .
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:46 PM   #428
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Shit like that is why we'll never be able to have a legit conversation about race in this country.
Oh, maybe not as hopeless as it seems at this moment.

Was listening to local WNYC AM Radio (public radio) this late morning so local host (not NPR) had on Film Director Stanley Nelson (who was a teen in The 60's) who just recently completed and had shown at ASundance Festival his new film on the Black Panthers, and was also very recently shown on PBS channels.

Before the hot button might go off on the mention of TBP....

Mr Nelson was saying he actually did feel some hope particularly seeing many white young people (+ Latinos, Asians) joining many of BLM marches.I'd have to podcast it re catch some more of his coments... I got waylaid by that photo I mentioned.
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This is where the pessimist in me comes out.

It really looks like something staged for the photo op. She made her point.

But, the good news: She was using her right to protest peacefully, and the police were very cool with her. She was released later that night.
The photographer thought he heard her Ms Evans say to people by her that she was going to stay there and be arrested.

So I don't know if that fits your definition of "staged", but...

Social media has been calling it a reminder of Tianiman Sq tank guy.
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And also there no other protestors really near her. Yet there are 2 of these intensely armoured policemen arresting her .
After this week, we don't need to question why cops might want to be, or are directly ordered to, armor up.
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After this week, we don't need to question why cops might want to be, or are directly ordered to, armor up.

There didn't need to be 2 of them arresting her.
One would have been enough.
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Is it too late to change the venue ?

There seems to be a recent anti-American bias in landing international events recently. Qatar got the 2022 World Cup over the USA. They are pretty much using slave labor to build their stadiums. Bribery played a big part.
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Here is the name and author of the book I started to mention yesterday
on why he thinks the police system here in The USA is broken, and what can be done tinfix it.

He was a beat cop in San Diego and later Chief Of Police in Seattle

Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police. By Norm Stamper

I heard him on same radio station / program mentioned earlier Excellent interview.
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There didn't need to be 2 of them arresting her. One would have been enough.
Many police departments are pairing up cops now due to current events. Don't know if that's the policy in Baton Rouge at the moment.
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Many police departments are pairing up cops now due to current events. Don't know if that's the policy in Baton Rouge at the moment.
Even so, one of a them at that particular encounter/moment could have stepped back a foot or two. One really could have.
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